Megan Fox was the bombshell of Hollywood in the late 2000s, due to her role as Mikaela Banes in Transformers. This role put her name on the map and boosted her popularity. However, due to the controversies she has, such as the abuse she experienced by several Hollywood executives in the 2010s, her popularity suddenly dwindled. Her last major role in Hollywood production is starring as April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. After working on this film, Fox took a break for several years and then started starring in Direct-To-VOD movies, including Rogue, released in 2020. Rogue is directed by M.J. Basset, the director of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.
Rogue tells the story of Samantha O’Hara, a mercenary who leads a team of soldiers for a mission at a secluded location in Africa. She has to rescue several hostages from their kidnappers, but the mission does not go as planned. She and her team are not only forced to participate in the bloody fights with groups of rebels, but they also have to face a hungry lioness.
There are several aspects that make this movie redeemable but also several that wants to pull your hairs out. One of the positive elements is the performances of Megan Fox and her co-stars. She gives a decent and believable performance as a hardened soldier. Her co-stars are enjoyable to see, especially Philip Winchester, who is particularly hilarious with his singing of Backstreet Boy songs. The cast has good chemistry and is fun to watch. The action is also solid for what it’s worth, with several decent action scenes.
The negative aspect is the visuals. The CG lioness is particularly comical, and the CG gunfights are not believable and give the opposite of thrilling excitement. This quality is understandable, as the budget of DTV film is always limited. The direction is also weak, with the inconsistent flow and some jarring shots.
Overall, Rogue is a movie to see if you want some quick action and not much anything else, or if you simply just want to see Megan Fox on the screen and being badass for 100 minutes. The chemistry of the cast carries this movie on its back, which makes this movie quite entertaining. But if you want to watch something more competent with adequate direction and pretty visuals, you might want to skip this one.